Voice Loss

Voice loss is the case where either all or some of your voice is lost. In such a case the patient has a voice that; is higher, lower, coarse, easily tiresome, constantly going, as a whisper, and even in some infectious case a full voice loss.

Voice loss may be caused by different reasons.

What are the causes of voice loss?
The main reasons for voice loss are as follows:

  • Wrong or bad usage of the voice (talking or shouting too much, smoking, excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption, exposure to pollution)
  • Laryngitis (bacterial, viral or fungal)
  • Throat reflux
  • Thickening of the vocal strands
  • Nodules or polyps on the vocal strands
  • Neurologic deficiencies (for example; multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease)
  • Wounded laryngeal nerve due to neck or chest surgery
  • Certain psychological problems
  • Vocal chords stroke
  • Throat cancer

What the symptoms of voice loss?

If you have the following symptoms then the possibility that you may have voice loss is high:

  • Inability to talk or ability to only talk in a whisper
  • Tightening of the vocal chords
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty in swallowing

If voice loss lasts longer than 1-2 weeks then it is important to consult a ear nose and throat specialist. If faced with bleeding in the mouth, swelling, difficulty in swallowing, breathing then a doctor must be consulted as soon as possible.